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Jewish Culture Report The Jewish Left

Yiddish for the 21st century

A new Duolingo course is training a small army to demand babka, can it also heal communal divides?

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Interview Jewish Culture LGBTQ+ The Jewish Left UK

Homos, Houmous and Hamantaschen: Vashti Meets Chanukah Lewinsky

On the eve of Purim, we speak to drag artist and queer cabaret creator Dex Grodner about Judaism and genderfuckery.

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Jewish Culture The Jewish Left USA

The romance of American Jewish anarchism

A nostalgic portrait of America’s oldest Yiddish anarchist newspaper, and the community that coalesced around it, is recounted in a recently restored documentary.

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Israel-Palestine Israel-Palestine Jewish Culture Review

Can film unteach Hasbara?

A new documentary, screened at the UK Jewish Film Festival this week, considers whether exposure to video footage of the plight of Palestinians can change the hearts and minds of Israel’s fiercest advocates.

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Essay Jewish Culture The Jewish Left

The forgotten women’s rituals of Yom Kippur

Cemetery- and grave-measuring were part of the female clerical role in Ashkenazi Jewish life, and powerful tools of ancestral connection.

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Essay Jewish Culture The Jewish Left

Happy Yom Kippur!

Revisiting the Yom Kippur Ball.

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Interview Jewish Culture The Jewish Left UK

Vashti meets Pink Peacock, the world’s first queer Yiddish cafe

The founders of the Glasgow establishment, due to open later this year, share their vision of luxury for all.

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Antisemitism & Antiracism Europe Jewish Culture Review

Will the last Jew to leave Europe please turn out the lights?

Joann Sfar has been called France’s “messiah of the comic book”. His buoyantly optimistic early work rewrote narratives of Jewish-Muslim animosity by sketching a shared history and delineating a path forward for interfaith relations. So why is Sfar’s new novel so full of despair?

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Essay Jewish Culture The Jewish Left UK

This Passover is different from all others

Three Jewish women reflect on Pesach under lockdown.